April 16, 2014

In Pane Sight: Molte Cose and Belle Cose

In the window at Molte Cose and Belle Cose: Russian Hill’s twin vintage-minded shops for men and women brilliantly blend old and new with mysterious little treasures, flirty cocktail dresses, delicate jewelry and even Rat Pack-esque fashion for men. But be forewarned, with interiors as charming as the windows, once you’ve entered, it may be hard to leave.

Photography courtesy Cortney Clift

Aisle Style: Atelier Des Modistes

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We’re taken with the you-won’t-see-it-everywhere-else glamour of bridal gowns by Russian Hill designer and Atelier Des Modistes boutique owner Suzanne Hanley, whose one-of-a-kind gowns are constructed of Italian silk satins and shantungs and embellished with vintage French trims and bead work featuring precious and semi-precious stones.

If you’re headed down the aisle and Hanley’s style appeals, make haste: this weekend is the Hyde Street bridal shop’s annual sample sale. What’s it to you? Up to 75 percent off gowns, veils, headpieces and bridal jewelery. Prices start at $500.

Feel free to swing by and peruse, but call ahead if you’ve got designs on the dressing room, as try-ons are done by appointment.

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Pin Up Girls: Rosenmunns + Light Vision Pin Party at Anica

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The folks behind the interest-piquing party invites shown here announcing the upcoming RosenMunns + Light Vision Pin Party want you and your indie fashion-minded friends to do two very simple things this Friday night. One, get some pins (a.k.a. buttons). If you’re like us, you’ve got a small pin army chilling, quite without purpose, on, in or around your nightstand-bookshelf-jewelry box-dresser drawers. And guess what? They’d really like a way cooler venue.

Which brings us to the second thing you should do Friday night. Head to Anica, where the minds behind local label RosenMunns and online indie retailer Light Vision will be waiting. There, they will ask you to ever-so-gingerly affix your pins to an oversized, sweatshirt-like garment designed, dyed and sewn by RosenMunns and worn by a live model for the soiree. Photographer Bryan Krueger will document the garment’s evolution from relatively blank canvas to pin-addled wearable art. Punk tunes and good ‘ole rock ‘n roll will fill the air. You will leave pinless, but happy. And after the party, Light Vision will sell the evening’s experimental garment in its online store.

As Light Vision’s Krista Bachmeier tells us, “It’s a collaboration, fashion, art event party, and the concept of it is really simple. We just want people to show up, pins in hand, and put them on the model. We are trusting the audience to supply us with pins and help with the creation of this garment.”

Talk about getting stuck on indie fashion…

Looking for more fashion events? You’ll find ‘em on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar….

Circle Game: Anica’s Linen Scarf

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When we read about the Anica Linen Scarf on the Anica blog, we instantly thought, “Ah, summer….” And that should show you how attached we are to San Francisco’s special take on the hemisphere’s warmest season.

Call us crazy, but after nine years in the Bay Area, nothing signals the sweet arrival of summer quite like a big airy scarf. This one from Anica’s burgeoning capsule collection certainly does the trick. We look forward to seeing more from this Russian Hill boutique and its eponymous label.

Tedda Hughes Spring Sale This Weekend

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If you haven’t gotten a chance to visit the new Tedda Hughes boutique in Russian Hill yet, the spring sale starting tomorrow brings an added incentive. Stop into the shop for markdowns on merch from what we think is a fab selection of independent designers and artists, among them She-Bible, Richard Ruiz, Miss KK, Helena de Natalio and Atsuko Kudo.

For more fun San Francisco fashion and shopping events happening this weekend, check out the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.